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A member of the border police arrested at the airport

A 40-year-old border policeman was apparently in the pay of the Serbian mafia, according to the "Kronen Zeitung". The man is accused of smuggling criminals into Austria through Schwechat airport, amongst other crimes.

The spokesman for the Korneuburg State Prosecution Office, Fridrich Köhl, confirmed that the man was arrested at the airport in Schwechat on Tuesday. He is accused of regularly and illegally smuggling wanted criminals or those with a residence ban into or out of the country for a huge reward.

The man, who has Serbian roots, is suspected of manipulating the stamp dates in passports, which enabled Serbians to illegally cross the border.

The legal and professional supervisory body of the new police force stated to the daily newspaper that the Federal Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAK) was informed half a year ago and they undertook an investigation.

The policeman was arrested at his place of work and taken to the prison in Korneuburg. According to Köhl, the man is now facing prosecution for an abuse of authority, which could lead to five months to six years in jail.

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